The owners of Hong Kong’s floating jumbo restaurant have denied allegations that the iconic craft sank in the South China Sea.
The establishment originally closed its doors in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with its owners Reporting losses totaling more than 100 million Hong Kong dollars (about 12.75 million dollars).
The owner of the restaurant in the beginning issued a statement On Monday, that appeared to indicate the boat sank, noting that the restaurant’s tow encountered “adverse conditions” while being transported across the South China Sea.
The owner of the restaurant, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises (ARE), explained that reports of the boat sinking were “inaccurate”.
On Friday, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN How has always used the term “capsal” rather than “sinking” to describe the accident, although they declined to clarify whether this meant the boat remained afloat.
A public relations representative for the public relations firm said Friday in a separate announcement that the boat was still afloatalthough rescue work will be “extremely difficult” because the water is more than 3,300 feet deep.
The boat reportedly sank on Sunday while it was going on pull it away to a secret location, although Hong Kong’s Department of the Navy stated it was destined for a Cambodian shipyard. Despite the ship’s approvals after an examination from naval engineers, water seeped into the ship causing the capsize to begin.
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The debate over whether the ship sank or capsized is a twist in the historic destination saga that opened in 1976, which served figures like Tom Cruise, Jong Lee and Queen Elizabeth II. The three-story, 2,300-seater restaurant was pulled away from the port of Aberdeen on 14 June.
Hong Kong residents were concerned about the restaurant after a kitchen barge sank on May 31. Despite its status as a historical institution, Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam Ching Yuet Ngor issued a statement In May, the local government said that the local government had no intention of investing in the property, saying, “We have clearly indicated that the government has no plans to invest money in operating the restaurant because we are not good at managing such buildings, we won’t impose a futile proposal or A proposal that requires a large amount of public money to implement simply because it has been put forward in the title of the policy.”
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